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Learn How to Build Resilience Every Day, One Day at a Time

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Resilience is the ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity and stress. Having resilience doesn’t mean we avoid sadness, disappointment, or failure. But people who are resilient bounce back more easily from roadblocks.

Positive psychologists have identified a number of traits and behaviors that are associated with resilience, including:

  • A sense of meaning and purpose
  • Optimism
  • Gratitude
  • The desire to help others
  • Humor
  • Social connection and support
  • A willingness to confront and grow from challenges and fears

Download the toolkit to get evidence-based strategies for building resilience that you can integrate into your daily life, with suggestions tailored toward parents, teens, and young adults.

Learn powerful, simple practices to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Square Breathing to lower stress
  • Supportive touch to build self-compassion
  • How to start a Gratitude Jar, write a Gratitude Letter, and create a Gratitude Rock
  • Ways to identify and activate your character strengths

We Can All Build Our Resilience

We each have different levels of the qualities associated with resilience, depending on our temperament and personality. However, we all have the ability to increase our levels of resilience through small changes in the way we live and the way we think. For example, we can increase our feelings of gratitude by focusing on the good things that happen to us, not just the difficult and painful experiences.

Another powerful way to build resilience is by identifying and activating our strengths. When we discover our own unique talents and character strengths, we can learn how to utilize these gifts to address daily challenges. Building healthy habits also promotes resilience—whether that’s physical exercise, meditation, time in nature, or connecting with friends.


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Young Adult Treatment to Support Resilience

At Newport Institute, our integrated and evidence-based approach supports young people ages 18–35 to build resilience and healthy coping skills. In our residential and outpatient treatment programs, we provide young adults with comprehensive and individualized treatment plans that include clinical and experiential modalities. Through individual, group, and family therapy, we help young adults uncover and heal the source of mental health conditions and related disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use disorder, and eating disorders.

Contact us today to schedule a mental health assessment and learn more about our nationwide young adult treatment locations. We look forward to connecting with you and supporting you or your loved one on the path toward healing.


J Adolesc. Health. 2022 June; 70(6): 985–988.

Mental Health / April 28, 2023